This UNESCO World Heritage complex was designed by Lluis Domènech i Montaner as a hospital village to look after all the lifestyle needs of its patients, providing parks and gardens for the healing powers of pleasant reflection, a freestanding library, and personal services such as a barber shop in the cluster of independent pavilions. The buildings represent the architect at the height of his powers, and his use of graceful sculpture, stained glass, and exquisite mosaic tiles makes the group of buildings perhaps the most beautiful and largest Modernisme/Art Nouveau campus in the world. It covers the equivalent of 9 city blocks, although the architect set it at a 45-degree angle to the grid of the L’Eixample streets to make it an architectural island in the city. The site includes 19 Modernista pavilions, some of which were completed by Domènech i Montaner’s son Pere Domènec i Roura after the older architect’s death. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, the hospital complex is only a 10-minute stroll up Avinguda Gaudí from La Sagrada Familia—stop halfway and you can gaze up and down the street for a view of each masterpiece.
Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau
Carrer Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167
Our Rating Hours English tours daily at 10am, 11am, noon, and 1pm Transportation Metro: Hospital de Sant Pau or Guinardó Phone 93-317-76-52 Prices Self-guided tour 10€ adults, 5€ students and seniors; more for fully guided tours Web site Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau
MapCarrer Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167 Barcelona
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